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About whooshbang

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  1. Hi Ande, I have recently purchased one of these and it is actually the same way around as yours. Friends of mine have the opposite orientation (zelinka way). perhaps earlier model is different?. I took the 2 grub screws out. locked the RA clutch and unscrewed the Red collet. Since its just a thread and a groove for the grub screws to sit into I wouldn't recommend changing it. Reason being is the red collet screws up nice and tight and the grub screws prevent it from loosening. If you unscrew the red collet to give your 180 degrees it naturally loosens the red collet leaving you just 2 grub screws to hold everything tight. (you could potentially make a shim so it tightens up nice at a 180 degrees from original position) I am going to continue using mine as intended. (long section at the top with camera mounted to it) Another reason for this is it gives more clearance around the top of the mount when I connect a long dovetail bar. (see photo) Best regards
  2. Indeed, these are nice binoculars. I have the 8x40 and recently purchased the 12x50 If you haven't sold them by Jan 25th (my payday) I'll snap 'em up!
  3. A little ambitious perhaps... but fairly happy with this photo taken with a Yashica Mat 124g medium format film camera. Exposure was approximately 12 seconds at f3.5 on Lomography 800 colour film. Processed at the lab and scanned on my trusty Plustek Opticfilm 120. Best regards W
  4. up for grabs is my canon 24-105mm f/4 L USM lens. Great walk about lens and good all rounder. In used but very good condition. No dust or fungus inside, good clean optics and very sharp. I am selling in order to fund a f2.8 (aperture fever strikes again). comes with soft case, caps and lens hood (no original box sorry) Looking for £400 inc delivery. Will be well packaged and sent via royal mail special delivery. Or if you are local pop to Bath and meet for a coffee and you can try the lens out before you buy.
  5. Hi Pete, I would prefer a cash offer at the moment. times are hard so stuff i don't use gotta get the chop. Thanks for the offer though. Dave
  6. so does this mean all the flowers will bloom in the middle of the night? It's gonna do wonders for my runners beans if so!
  7. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/142007937502?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Open to offers from fellow SGL members.
  8. for the EQ5 which is near as darn it the same. you will find this guide very informative. http://www.astro-baby.com/HEQ5/HEQ5-2.htm
  9. you could remove the painted stakes by your house and hope they don't notice
  10. it makes perfect sense but isn't a telescope focal length adjusted to achieve perfect focus by winding the focus tube in or out. therefore not entirely fixed ?
  11. hehe, indeed. but if a person with bad eyesight and glasses/contact lenses removed were to manually focus a camera, take a photograph and print.... would that final print be out of focus when said person pops their glasses back on?
  12. wow, does this mean when you take a photo of a DSO it is out of focus for the rest of the family?
  13. this particular deal aside..... maplin products are generally poor quality and grossly overpriced. sorry
  14. mmm... i don't think mine is that bad so i gonna leave it. mine is rather stiff in the RA movement (with clutches released) which makes balancing the thing a little inaccurate... could be that i simply haven't broken the mount in yet and its still stiff here and there.
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